Vic Firth artist Christoph Schneider was born in Berlin, East Germany, and has six siblings. His interest in playing music started at school, where he played the trumpet. His brother gave him a drum made of aluminum cans when Christoph was 14, sparking an interest in drums and a dream of being a musician.

Schneider left high school at age 16 and went to work as a telecommunications assistant. In 1984, he served his national service with the East German Army; He is the only one who has served in the army out of all the Rammstein members. In 1985, Schneider quit his telecommunication job to pursue his musical ambitions by studying music at university, but failed to get into university twice. His father disapproved of Schneider's learning to play the drums, preferring the trumpet. Schneider tried consistently from 1985 until 1990 to get into bands as a drummer, finally being successful with Die Firma.

In 1994, he joined Richard Kruspe and Oliver Riedel in forming an early version of Rammstein. After Till Lindemann joined the band, they entered the Berlin Senate Metrobeat contest, winning the chance to record a professional demo with four tracks. A previous band of Schneider's, Feeling B, provided two other members of Rammstein, Paul Landers and keyboardist Christian Lorenz.

Christoph's signature stick:
Christoph Schneider (SCS)
A large shaft at .645" with a short taper gives you serioous power with a tear drop tip for heavy rock‚ band or practice.
L = 16 1/4" | Dia. =.645"
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